As a Christian church, Seventh-day Adventists are a faith community rooted in the beliefs described by the Holy Scriptures.
We are Christians who love Jesus Christ and strive to make Him the center of all we believe and do. We are a rapidly growing worldwide fellowship of over 17 million, adding new members at a rate of over 2,000 each day. As a
Our Church Name
The name Seventh-day Adventist includes vital beliefs for us as a Church. 'Adventist' reflects our passionate conviction in the nearness of the soon return ('advent') of Jesus. 'Seventh-day' refers to the Biblical Sabbath which from Creation has always been the seventh day of the
Our Church's Mission
The mission of the Adventist Church is to proclaim to all peoples the everlasting gospel in the context of the Three Angels' messages of Revelation 14:6-12, leading them to accept Jesus as their personal Savior and to unite with His church, and nurturing them in preparation for His soon return.
Adventists accept the Bible as the only source of our beliefs. The church espouses 28 fundamental beliefs that are organized into the following areas. For more on our beliefs visit the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
The Adventist Church is organized with a representative form of church governance. Authority in the local congregations comes from the membership and executive responsibility is given to representative members to provide governance. There are four levels of Church structure from the individual believer to the worldwide Church organization:
- The Local Church - The local church is made up of individual believers. Local churches elect their own officers and management board by majority voting usually for a one or two-year period, depending on the congregation.
- Our Conference - Our conference is made up of local churches in Trinidad. Churches elect delegates to the Conference Session every four years. Executive authority between sessions is exercised by the Conference's Executive Committee and executive officers (President, Secretary, and Treasurer) all of whom are elected during the session.
- Our Union - The union conference, The Caribbean Union Conference (CARU) is made up of ten (10) conferences or fields. Along with our conference, CARU consists of the East Caribbean Conference, North Caribbean Conference, St.Lucia Mission, Grenada Conference, Tobago Mission, Guyana Conference, Suriname Mission, St.Vincent Mission, and the South Leeward Conference.
- Our Division - The Interamerica Division is a large entity comprising of nations within the Caribbean, Central America, and some areas of South America. It is home to 23 Unions.